What Is the Gospel?
You may be wondering what is the Gospel. The Gospel is good news. But the good news only makes sense in light of the bad news. The bad news is that every person is dead in Adam, and can do nothing ultimately pleasing to God –ultimately pleasing because we always fall short of His glory. And we are subject to His wrath.
[Romans 3:23] [Romans 6:23].
That is very bad news. That is precisely where the good news shines. Just as a jeweler displays a diamond in light of a dark background to show its brilliance: The Gospel shines in light of a dark background.
The good news that remedies our problem is that God sent His Son: The Son who existed as God and with God from all eternity. [John 1:1] At a point in time He humbled Himself and became a man through a virgin birth. [John 3:16-18].
Jesus did that so He could be truly man and truly God, He could be our new representative as the God-Man. And He would live the perfect life that no human ever could -- undoing the effects of our first representative, Adam, who failed. If you will trust in Him, He will be your new representative. And His righteousness will be credited to your account so that you can live with God.
But Jesus doesn’t come just to live a perfect life. He also came to pay off a debt – a debt that we owed. He came to die a substitutionary death on the cross. Jesus Christ, who is the just, died on behalf of sinners, who are the unjust, so that He could bring us to God. [2 Corinthians 5:21]
On the cross Jesus took upon Himself the full measure of God’s wrath that you and I deserve. And He paid the debt for those who believe. The fact that Jesus did these things was demonstrated when He was raised from the dead three days later. His resurrection proves that He is The Way, The Truth and The Life and that no one comes to the Father but by Him. [John 14:6]
This Jesus ascended into the Heavens where He is currently seated bodily at the right hand of God where He lives to make intercession for His people. [Romans 8:33-35] It is promised from that position that He’s coming again. He’s coming to bring a glorious Kingdom on earth. There will be a resurrection and the separation of physical death will be remedied. Body and soul will come together and His people will reign forever with Him. [John 14:3]
And this Jesus commands that if you want to be a part of that Kingdom and not subject to His judgment, then you have to repent and believe the Gospel. [Mark 1:15] What is repentance? Repentance has to do with your going away from God and His purposes, to turn to God on His terms. What are his terms? Faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. [Ephesians 2:8]
If you will trust upon Jesus Christ you have a promise from the scriptures that you will have the righteousness of Christ credited to your account. [Romans 10:9] And you will have your sins removed as far away as east is from west. They will be eternally expunged. [Psalm 103:12]
Today is the day to come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and overcome death in Adam.
[2 Corinthians 6:2]. We invite you to attend Gospel of Grace Fellowship or other local church to learn more about new life in Christ.